• Mar 9, 2007
After being floored by how good the Cadillac CTS looked and felt in Detroit, we can't wait to see how the upcoming '08 STS will turn out, as well. With similar styling upgrades promised (foreshadowed by the new SLS), the STS could finally come closer to the performance and sophistication of its identified European competitors like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Thanks to BusinessWeek, we already know the interior will be a huge improvement. Lifted from the Chinese market long-wheelbase SLS, it looks polished and well-laid-out. And now we have a better look at how the exterior is shaping up, as well. KGP caught one in the wild and a nearly naked one at that. You can see the whole handsomely slab-sided flank from chrome fender vent to unadorned tail in the photo. It also sports different wheels and a shrouded, but noticeably different nose, as well. Look closely and you'll see a sharply detailed grille very similar to the on the new CTS.
[Source: LLN]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      #21, OF COURSE, BUT COOL! (they were not gonna design 2 new front ends, and we KNEW that the big publicity on the Chinese one was to get interest here -- perhaps to convince the GM Board to finance the long wheel base here)
      BUT DID IT HAVE THE LONG REAR DOOR? I am very big on the presence created by the extended wheelbase car, with its longer roofline, since the regular STS, new grille or not, is like a taxi with sharp edges and dressy details -- no guts to it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Put Some D's On That B*tch!!!
      • 7 Years Ago

      #19
      The picture was taken of an image in a side view mirror - The Caddy is coming up from the side in the mirror, that's why it looks "backwards".

      The new Caddy's are sweet. Personally, I believe they have more character than the German or Japanese competition, if only for their long history as being a totally American luxury car. I think their transformation into becoming truly competitive luxury cars over the last few years is great. They've got a generally well received brand image and I think they're going to continue to sell well over the next few years. The competition is stiff, but I honestly think the new CTS will definitely hold its own, and could potentially win some automotive rag comparison tests when it comes out this fall, especially against the G35 and IS350. Not saying it definitely will, but I think it certainly has a good chance. IMO, it certainly has them beat on styling. (And I'm talking about both the CTS and this upcoming STS when compared to their competition).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care what you haters have to say, I'm excited about this and nore of you are gonna take that from me with your unsubstanciated statements cause you never drove one. Even if it is a facelift and interior redesign, i'm looking forwrd to it. Go ahead now and say things like "fine settle for a worse car".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Caddy is certainly a better brand now than it's been since its decline in the '70s through '90s. The upcoming 2008 CTS is a beautiful car IMO, and should perform well. The STS doesn't look that much different, but it looks fine now.

      With respect to those vents on the sides of both the CTS and the STS, they're OK if they actually do something like channel air to some part of the engine. If they're just tacked-on chrome things with no purpose, then I think they degrade the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      did anyone notice that in the spy photo it is in a right drive configuration, i do not know if thats significant but isnt the zeta platform supposed to be right and left drive capable or are all platforms like that?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Snix, its not that they are all bad, but they are getting played out very quickly. It's the new styling "thing". Look at the 08 Focus, it even has them for crying out loud!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Waitaminute, how come the people say the BMW M3 fender vent looks so sporty, but when Caddy puts one on a car, people say it's a load of crap?
      • 7 Years Ago
      DUH....The new nose of all Cadillac's is the 08 CTS. It's going on the STS/SLS(the stretched STS), the DTS and the SRX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am sure it will be an improvement -- but I hope this is the last round of GM improving existing (and somewhat tired) cars up to the level they should have been designed for, initially.
      In the case of the STS -- why not admit the error and just change over to the long wheelbase model, as long as it has been designed and engineered for China? The STS is stubby looking, short on presence, and short on back seat room. "SLS" means "two Mercedes convertibles" to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just saw an uncammoed one today and it looks just like the chinese one
      • 7 Years Ago
      thank god they did not make it like the original spy pics

      the new CTS grill is awesome and it will look awesome here, too bad I cant say the same about those ugly unfinished rear ends

      Caddy has an almost perfect sedan with the STS, but it spend the money on the wrong spot, it's the rear that needs help not the front.


      anyhow, too bad the new CTS will not outperform the G35, as the G35 will still be cheaper, faster and handle better, but if the CST has the AWD, my wife will love to own one today, and please hurry up the wagon then I might opt for one too as i know that my next car has to be a wagon and hanndle better than most cars out there, so that leaves only the BMW 3-series for now, which I will never own one.

      don't get me wrong, i'm just he type of guy that roos for the underdog, and BMW is top dog, so..
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